A PAEDOPHILE who pestered two young girls – one aged just 12 – into having sex with him is today behind bars.
Farm worker Thomas Mayers was jailed for 81 months after he asked the girls to send him photographs of themselves naked and invited them to his home in Main Street, Hollington, near Uttoxeter.
He started chatting to the 12-year-old on Facebook, asking for intimate photographs and repeatedly inviting her to his house.
Stafford Crown Court heard that she sent him pictures ‘because he would not leave her alone’.
When she did go to the house, the 20-year-old started kissing her as they sat on a sofa and he pestered her for sex.
Stephen Bailey, prosecuting, said: “She told him she was too young, but the defendant just said ‘you’ll be fine’.” He said the girl did not know what to do, so said ‘okay’ and they had sex on his bed.
Around the same time, a 13-year-old girl met Mayers at a local park. He asked her for photographs, but she refused.
However, she did go to his home and they had sex in his bed. On a subsequent occasion, Mayers had sex with her in a barn. The court heard police did not arrest him until six months after the offences when he claimed he did not know the one girl was only 12 and that the 13-year-old looked older.
Mr Bailey said that during the commission of these offences, Mayers was cautioned by the police for having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.
Mayers admitted one charge of statutory child rape, two charges of sexual activity with a child and three other sexual offences involving the two girls.
Sending Mayers to youth custody Judge Amjad Nawaz told him: “Young people simply don’t know where lines are to be drawn, but older people should know where lines must be drawn.
“You knew how old these girls were, they could not have given the impression they were significantly older.
“You had effectively pestered them to send photos having gained their confidence.
“When [the 12 year old] told you she was too young and you told her she would be fine as though you were doing her a favour, it’s singularly unattractive.
“The caution ought to have been a warning to you, but it failed to have the effect.”
Along with the custodial sentence, Mayers was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from living with girls under 16 and unsupervised contact with girls under 18.
Michael Grey, defending, said Mayers was only 19 himself when he abused the girls. He said: “Why did he not heed the caution? His instruction was he was more concerned with his parents.
“He had to leave his mother’s house... and had to live with his grandparents.
“As part of the caution, he was sat down with a police officer and had explained what his behaviour meant to the girl.”